Category Investments

Stock Market Volatility

January 20, 2016 – Stock Market Volatility “In the short run, the market is a voting machine but in the long run, it is a weighing machine.” ― Benjamin Graham In other words, there’s always a disconnect between prices and values.  In the short run, markets move, sometimes hard and fast — and often very […]

Five Things Investors Should NOT Do Now (WSJ/Zweig)

Jason Zweig hits it right on the head. Must-read for all investors. Summary:1. Don’t fixate on the news2. Don’t panic3. Don’t be complacent4. Don’t get hung up on the talk of a “correction”5. Don’t think you — or anyone else — knows what will happen next Read #5 again.  And again.  It drives all the […]

FINRA warns about 401(k) Rollovers – Let’s talk again about conflicts of interest!

  FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, is the securities industry’s self-reglatory organization.  They do the various test, deal with broker and advisor registration and monitoring, etc. And FINRA has recently started cracking down on advisors and brokers who are giving questionable advice to investors about how to deal with their 401(k)s and rollovers.  In […]

I-Bonds “Real” Interest Rate Goes Back Above ZERO

  I-Bonds “Real” Interest Rate Goes Back Above ZERO  — for the first time since the rate was set to zero back in Nov, 2010. For the last three years, any newly purchased US Treasury Series I savings bonds – which pay interest which is a composite of a fixed “real” rate plus a variable […]

Ritholtz: “A hedge fund for you and me? The best move is to take a pass”

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-05-24/business/39489985_1_hedge-funds-private-investment-partnerships-investors “A hedge fund for you and me? The best move is to take a pass” Barry Ritholtz on Hedge Funds   The math is compelling.  Hedge fund managers get rich – “2&20” as they say.  The investors? Rarely.  And the hedging?  A lot less than you might think, since the name “hedge fund” has […]

US Treasury I-series savings bonds – still zero real yield

For the 6th straight 6-month period in a row, US Treasury I-Bonds will be issued with a fixed “real” rate of 0%.  That’s zero.  Nil. Nada. Zip. The nominal yield is higher, since it’s a composite built out of the fixed (zero) rate plus a component representing inflation.  The composite rate right now is 1.18%. […]

A whopping 52.6 percent tax rate on ordinary income

From an article about ranking the tax efficiency of certain income-oriented investments for six-figure earners: Begin by choosing marginal tax rates for both ordinary income and long-term capital gains. Litman Gregory assumed a whopping 52.6 percent rate on ordinary income, which includes 8 percent for state income tax. The federal portion consists of this year’s […]

How to Save More For Retirement Without Really Trying

Today’s column from the excellent Jason Zweig: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323361804578390313278109482.html?mod=djintinvestor_t How to Save More For Retirement Without Really Trying [Click the link above to read the entire article] A highlight or two: • When people want to save but can’t bring themselves to do it, their retirement funds need to do the saving for them—automatically. • At companies that […]

Buy, Hold, and Rebalance

Rick Ferri, kind of a broken record, but at least it’s stuck on a great song — on buy/hold/rebalance. (His other “greatest hit” song is that one about low-cost, index-based, passive investments)  http://www.rickferri.com/blog/investments/a-balanced-portfolio-for-a-balanced-life/ Many financial pundits criticize a balanced approach. They say a buy, hold and reliance strategy is simple-minded and a relic of the […]

Buy Facebook? You may already have!

When Facebook (FB) went public, several folks immediately asked if they should buy it.  My response was, uniformly, “no”.  It was not that I thought FaceBook was overvalued (I did), not that I thought the price was going to drop soon (I did – IPOs frequently go down in the short term, and a spectacularly […]